Abellio wins ScotRail franchise

Friends of the West Highland Lines would like to give a warm welcome to Abellio, who will take over the new ScotRail passenger train franchise commencing in April 2015.  The Dutch-based group will take over from FirstGroup and we look forward to working with them in the future.

We welcome the exciting plans Abellio has for the West Highland Lines, including a long-awaited upgrade to more suitable rolling stock to eventually take over from Sprinter DMUs.  Our society has campaigned for a long time to have trains which are more suitable for lengthy scenic journeys, with air conditioning, toilets in every coach, seating aligned with windows and better catering facilities.  The introduction of a summer locomotive-hauled tourist train will undoubtedly prove popular and provide the ultimate travel experience over what has been voted 'The Top Railway Journey in the World.'